One of Wales’ most picturesque art venues, nestling in the village of Llanbedrog on the Llŷn Peninsula, within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Wedding venue, 12 acre woodland with headland walks, outdoor theatre and self catering unit sleeping 10
Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT
July 18 update 2
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw hosts a talk Approaches to Rural Change
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is the host for a Talk with Morag Colquhoun, artist, and Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones, Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University. This talk will be in English at 2.00pm on Sunday 15th July.
Morag Colquhoun’s exhibition Trofannolismo at which has brought together her investigations into environmental concerns, especially looking at how nature and man co-habit.
Dr Sophie Wynne Jones is a human geographer working on rural landscape change and governance. Her research areas includes farming and agricultural policy developments, human-nature relations with nature and rural and landscape futures.
The talk is free but please call 01758 740763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place.
Morag Colquhoun’s exhibition Trofannolismo, has been supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water and Bardsey Island Trust can be seen at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw until 5pm Sunday July 15th.
July 18 update 1
A special discussion exploring the influence of birthplace and upbringing in the company of the artist Elfyn Lewis with Angharad Price (Welsh author who has written about T H Parry Williams and his travels); Carwyn Jones known as ‘Y Dyn Gwyllt’ (The Wild Man) on S4C; Michael Sparks (a Scotsman who has fallen in love with Wales and settled down here) and Branwen Cennard (author and producer who worked closely with Meic Povey on several television productions)
“A man belongs to his own country forever…..”
The exhibition will continue until July 15th, 2018
Entry will be free but please ring or email to reserve a place
May 18 update
Plas-Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog opens its Spring Exhibition on Sunday, May 27 featuring diverse work by four artists accompanied by a programme of talks and lectures.
‘Nesa Peth i Ddim’ is the title of Elfyn Lewis’ exhibition and the innate influence of his native Eifionydd comes from deep within his subconscious as he works instinctively on his striking canvases.
Born in Porthmadog, Elfyn has lived in Cardiff for many years. While abstract in nature, landscape elements come to the fore in his work through gestural layers of paint in work that is equally powerful and tender.
Elfyn exhibits regularly at Glyn y Weddw and has won numerous awards and prizes for his paintings including the Gold Medal for Fine Art in the National Eisteddfod in 2009, and the prestigious Welsh Artist of the Year award in 2010.
Born in Africa, Hawarden based David Barnes has lived in north Wales most of his adult life. (David Barnes image top left named Mountain Road ) He spends much of his free time walking in the mountains of Snowdonia and the surrounding coastline and his work is a response to what he sees around him on his travels, hence the exhibition’s title, ‘Land and Coast’.
A former accountant who started painting after retiring in 2008, David works with a palette knife and has developed his own, distinct style of capturing the rural character of the area.
Di Metcalfe lives in Cheshire but finds solace in painting the beautiful beaches and coves of Llŷn and Anglesey. Her work is full of colour and movement and familiar places evoke memories of happy holidays and time spent outdoors.
She has visited the Llŷn Peninsula regularly for over thirty years and her love for the area is visible in her work which is abstract and full of texture, colour and movement. Her exhibition is entitled ‘Seeking Solace’.
Trofannolismo by Morag Colquhoun is a re-imagination of the 1960’s Brazilian Tropicalia movement from a perspective of rural Wales with a focus on Bardsey Island, especially the migratory birds that arrive there from South America. The exhibition follows a period of collaboration with Welsh ecologists, agriculturalists horticulturalists and communities during the summer of 2017. Included in the exhibition will be ‘L & Ch’, a painting by Laszlo Noholy-Magy and taxidermy birds, on loan from the National Museum Wales.
The 2018-19 Artist Film Programme on the theme of ‘Borders’ will also be launched as part of the exhibition.
A recent investment of £120,000 through funding by MALD (Museum Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government) in Plas Glyn-y-Weddw’s museum provision will also be officially launched in June. The developments include two new history rooms and specialist art storage facilities.
Spring and early summer events:
Sunday 27 May: 2pm, opening of the Spring exhibition.
Wednesday 30 May: Concert featuring John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe (tickets £15/£12 for under 14 year olds)
Thursday and Friday 31 May/1st June: Children’s workshops (booking essential)
Saturday 9 June: ‘Art is Nature, Nature as Art’ seminar (£10 including lunch, booking essential)
Sunday 10 June: David Meredith talk on Kyffin Williams (free event, please reserve a place)
Monday 11 June: Official opening of new museum facilities by Cuture Minister for Wales Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas AM
Sunday 8 July: Sunday exchange – discussion exploring the influence of birthplace and upbringing
March 2018 Update
The spring exhibition at Plas Glyn y Weddw offers a variety of work ranging from Welsh landscapes and characters to still life work inspired by Abertawe and Nantgarw porcelain.
The work, to be displayed in Plas Glyn y Weddw, by the artists Aled Prichard-Jones and Karl Davies have been inspired by their native areas, one by north Wales and the other by south Wales, the unique characteristics and atmosphere of these parts of Wales can be found in the paintings. ‘Snowdonia Scenes’ is the subject of Aled Prichard-Jones’ new work and consists of dramatic oil paintings of mountains, lakes and rivers alongside pastel work of colourful flowers. Having been brought up in Bangor, Aled has walked and climbed the mountains of Snowdonia since he was a child. It is no wonder therefore that his work is inspired by the area and he succeeds in capturing a sense of place and Snowdonia’s special atmosphere.
Karl Davies, is originally from Newport and now lives in Pontypridd, his exhibition entitled ‘The Welsh Landscape and Us’ contains oil and ink wash paintings inspired by the characters and landscapes of south Wales. There is a traditional feeling to his work which includes people carrying out traditional crafts, along with rural and town landscapes.
Work by Andreas Rϋthi, an artist who is originally from Switzerland but now lives in Raglan, is a result of visits to the Plas over a three year period to study the collection of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain and to hold sessions with the gallery’s volunteers.
As part of this exhibition, the Plas has secured a loan of a bone china punch bowl commissioned by Sir Love Parry Jones Parry of Madryn in 1836 from the National Museum of Wales. The bowl is exquisitely decorated with coats of arms connected to the Madryn family.
Entitled ‘A Place on the Table’, the exhibition contains new work including portraits of the volunteers who took part in the sessions.
A selection of work by Andreas Rϋthi and 20 other invited artists, entitled ‘Still Life Settings’ also forms part of the exhibition.
‘Altar’ is the title of the film by Helen Sear shown in the film space under the stage of the open air theatre, it is the last in a year long artist film programme on the theme of ‘flight’.
October 2017 Update
Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw is hosting an evening of music, with meal available before the performance.
Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw is one of Wales’ most picturesque art venues, nestling in the village of Llanbedrog on the Llŷn Peninsula, within an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is open daily 10-5 (closed Tue, Oct-May excluding school hols). 12 acre woodland with headland walks, outdoor theatre and self catering unit to rear of mansion, sleeps 12.
Following the death of Lady Parry and her son Thomas Love Duncombe Jones Parry, the mansion was sold to Cardiff businessman Solomon Andrews. An art gallery was established in the house in 1896 and the glorious gardens and grounds were also open to the public.
The gallery was closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and the Land Army girls stayed in part of the house. The Andrews family sold the mansion and the grounds in 1945.
During this period, the building was turned into residential flats and by the late 1970’s its condition was rapidly deteriorating. In 1979, the artist Gwyneth ap Tomos and her husband Dafydd bought Plas Glyn y Weddw and through their hard work the Plas was saved from becoming a ruin.
A charitable trust was formed during the mid 1990’s to take over the running of the gallery from Gwyneth and Dafydd. The purchase of the Winllan woodland in 2008 has been a key development in Plas Glyn y Weddw’s recent history, the woodland was part of the mansion’s original gardens and a network of paths has been re-opened, following years of development and hard work.
An evening of music with Trystan Llyr Griffiths (Tenor), Steffan Lloyd Owen (Baritone), Annette Bryn Parri and Gwydion Rhys (Cello) to start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. Meal available in Caffi’r Oriel before the performance. Pre-bookings only.
For the menu and tickets please go to https://oriel.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
Or ring/email the gallery – 01758 740763 / email@example.com
November 2016 Update
John Dilwyn Williams Talks About Plas Glyn Y Weddw History
Sunday afternoon, November 13th at 2pm, John Dilwyn Williams, Chairman of the Friends of the Gallery, will be giving a talk on the interesting history of Plas Glyn y Weddw. His recently published book on the subject will be available to buy for £4.50. This is a free event.
September 2016 update
Llanw brings together photography and sculpture with a marine/aquatic connection in a special exhibition that runs alongside the traditional Summer Exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. Situated overlooking Cardigan Bay the gallery is the ideal venue to see Mike Perry’s extraordinary photographic studies of washed up beach detritus and the playful, thought-provoking sculpture of Alexander Duncan.
To add to this exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Mike Perry will be talking about his work in the LLANW exhibition as well as other projects, including his current Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award on 11th September at 2.00pm. After a post-graduate degree in Economics and 13 years in industry, Mike Perry left the world of commerce to concentrate on his art and environmental projects. His first public exhibition was at The Photographers Gallery in London in 2004 and since then he has exhibited widely including the group show New Ground: Landscape Art in Wales since 1970 at National Museum Wales Cardiff in 2012; Y Lle Celf at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Denbigh in 2013 and at the internationally curated exhibition Vita Vitale at the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2015. He lives between London and West Wales and his work is increasingly influenced by the surrounding landscape and environmental concerns. Perry also undertook a residency at Oriel y Parc in St David’s in 2015 where he continued to develop Môr Plastig and this year was awarded a prestigious Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award.
Pembrokeshire based Mike Perry’s Môr Plastig, Welsh for ‘Plastic Sea’ captures the impact of both plastic objects upon the living world, and the erosive power of nature in highly detailed digital prints. He presents each object simply, accentuating and inviting us to contemplate the aesthetic qualities of its erosion, the environmental danger it represents, and the moral consumerism it embodies. Images of items found on the beach at Porth Ceiriad on Llŷn are displayed in addition to a grid of images of flip flops and shoes found on beaches in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cuba and Wales, last shown as part of the Vita Vitale exhibition at the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2015 but now at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw with two additional shoes found on beaches in Llŷn and Eifionydd.
Swansea-born Alexander Duncan takes us to the border between reality and illusion in works that also have an aquatic theme. The mass of pebble forms that make up Cove (2007-2016), re-presented in a gallery with a view directly overlooking the Bay and alongside Perry’s Pecked Foam (2016), creates a relationship that conveys both the beauty and the horror of pollution. At first glance Empty Vessel (2016) is an innocuous earplug but closer inspection reveal it to be a beautiful painstakingly carved cetaecean bone. Likewise the colourful swimming floats displayed outside the gallery, as if left from a nearby beach swim, are not quite what they seem and would definitely not float! Alexander was awarded the Glyn Vivian Gallery’s prestigious Wakelin Award for a version of this work, Like Swimming, in 2015. In addition to the exhibition Alexander will be spending a week-in-residence at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw at the end of August.
A season of activities and talks have been arranged to coincide with the exhibition to draw attention to various marine related themes including understanding the ecology of the sea surrounding the gallery in Llanbedrog Bay and raising awareness around issues of plastic and other waste. Children’s workshops and beach-cleans will provide fun and practical ways for children to participate and learn about the environment.
Alexander Duncan graduated in Fine Art from Swansea Metropolitan University (now Swansea College of Art at University of Wales Trinity St David’s) in 2007 followed by an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art London where he continues to live and work. He exhibits regularly and Cove, an important early work that was first shown in Oriel Wrexham in 2009 has been shown in various locations from Milan to Mostyn in Llandudno and won the People’s Choice Award at the Lle Celf in the National Eisteddfod in Glamorgan in 2012. Duncan is a current recipient of The Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award.
The exhibition and related activities have been made possible through Programme Support Funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Gwynedd Council and the Llandudno Fine and Decorative Arts Society.
July 2016 update
On 10th July @ 2.00pm Plas Glyn-y-Weddw hosts a lecture about the renown artist Hugh Hughes by
Hugh Hughes was born at Llandudno in 1790, and became the most productive Welsh artist of the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as a prolific writer As shown at with controversial opinions. He trained as a wood engraver in Liverpool, and first made a reputation in that field as the author of The Beauties of Cambria, a tour of Wales illustrated with his own engravings. However, from 1812 he also painted portraits, including many leading figures of Calvinistic Methodism, the church to which initially he belonged. He married Sarah Charles, the niece of Thomas Charles of Bala. Until 1832 he was based in London, but he returned to Wales and adopted the life of the travelling artisan painter. He worked all over the country, mainly for middle-class patrons, and also among the Welsh diaspora in London and Liverpool. Like William Roos, his career declined after the advent of photography, and although he turned to landscape painting, in his later years he was largely forgotten by his contemporaries. He died at Malvern in 1863.
Hughes had friends in Llanidloes, and painted several pictures there, including a portrait of the Mayor, Thomas Hayward, in about 1840. Subsequently, through marriage, Hayward inherited the house and estate of Maenol, on the edge of the town. It appears that he commissioned the huge landscape of The Pass of Llanberis to celebrate his good fortune on moving to his new home. The picture hung at the head of the staircase until the house was sold in 2014, in a state of disrepair.
Hughes is known to have painted two other pictures on this large scale, The Gogerddan Hunt and The Mostyn Children, both of them, unusually, for gentry patrons. However, he also painted four even bigger landscapes in the form of dioramas, that he showed at his home in Caernarfon in 1836. He charged visitors 1s. to see the pictures, which included a view painted in the open air from the summit of Snowdon. The huge canvases were wound on rollers, and were revealed section by section as if the audience themselves were gradually turning to take in the whole panorama.
In 1858, Hughes painted a small version of The Pass of Llanberis, part of a group of pictures commissioned by Love Jones Parry of Madryn.
February 2016 update 2
Unique exhibition provides opportunity to purchase work by John Cyrlas Williams
Remarkable paintings by a lost Welsh talent, go on show at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw on March 20th with an opportunity to purchase the work by John Cyrlas Williams. The unprecedented show came about due to the discovery of a large body of the painter’s work in an attic in Porthcawl – and some of the works in the show are being offered for sale.
John Cyrlas Williams (1902-1965) was once tipped as one of Wales’ most promising young painters. The son of a collier, he was born into a Welsh mining community in the United States. His father went on to become a mine owner, and the family set up home in Porthcawl.
Williams painted his first pictures in 1918 and trained initially at the Newlyn School under Stanhope Forbes. Later he pursued his training in Paris ateliers.
However, all Williams’ pictures were painted before he reached the age of 30. Subsequently, alcoholism and other personal problems curtailed the career of the painter whose work was described by Winifred Coombe Tennant – his patron in the 1920s – quite simply as “the real thing”. Eventually he abandoned painting, spending the rest of his working life as a clerk.
The art historian Peter Lord, who curates and wrote the foreword for this new exhibition, first learnt about Williams while researching his biography of famous patron of the arts Winifred Coombe-Tennant. Then, in April 2009, the Welsh painter Mike Jones told him that he had found 150 paintings by Williams available at a local saleroom in Clydach following their discovery in a Porthcawl attic.
Lord and Jones worked to keep as much of the work together as possible, purchasing a total of 60 paintings between them. These paintings, plus others that made their way into private collections, make up this landmark exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, titled A Brief Flowering.
“These paintings are very, very good and they make up a fascinating piece of art history,” says Lord. “The work is vigorous, fresh and energetic – very much a young man’s work.
“Williams’ story is a tragedy because he was enormously talented but he succumbed to alcoholism and, I think, depressive problems as well.”
Williams worked during in a very rich period in Welsh art – his contemporaries included Evan Walters, Archie Griffiths and Cedric Morris – and his work enriches that story, providing another perspective.
“Williams worked so much in France, he brings a very different approach compared to Archie Griffiths and Evan Walters, who were very concerned with the mining industry and the depression of the 1920s and 30s,” says Lord.
“In contrast, Williams was a painter from a middle class background with the money to work in France – and this made his work very different to what was being produced by other Welsh painters of the same period.”
The exhibition will trace the development of Williams’ work from his beginnings in Porthcawl, through his time spent in Newlyn, to France, where he worked at the Colarossi atelier in Paris, at Pont Aven in Brittany and at Martigues in the south, following in the footsteps of Augustus John. Among the works shown will be Williams’ self portraits, and his portraits of Stanhope Forbes and Evan Walters.
February 2016 Update
Exciting New Season of Exhibitions and Events at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw re-opens its doors on the 30th of January after a winter break for refurbishments to the café and shop. Wales’ oldest gallery once again has an exciting programme of exhibitions, talks, events and workshops planned for the coming year.
The first exhibition of the new season highlights connections to land or place – from Kenya to Pen Llŷn – in the striking paintings of Dickson Kaloki and Karen Birkin; in a research journey to the heart of wilderness in a project by Sean Harris and on a visual journey along the train line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth, in a film by Robert Davies. Alongside will be a new selection of works by gallery artists and makers and a new-look craft and produce shop. The season kicks off with a wonderful feast of music in a concert (ticket only) on Saturday 30th January with Piantel, Aled Wyn Davies and Sian Gibson followed by the launch of the exhibitions on Sunday 31st at 2pm with a warm welcome to all.
Born in Kitui eastern Kenya, talented young artist Dickson Kaloki is making a name for himself on the international art scene and now spends his time between Nairobi and Europe. Having studied interior design and production design in film, Dickson now concentrates on painting, having developed a new Makaa technique where he uses charcoal as well as paint on his canvases. Letters from the Other Side, is his first major solo show in the UK and charts his experiences as he journeys from his homeland through Europe to Wales.
Alongside Dickson’s exhibition will be new works Karen Birkin of Edern, titled Pilgrim Soul. Birkin explores the landscape of Llŷn in beautiful atmospheric paintings that stem from a visceral love of the ocean, the coastland and the sky in this most special area of Wales. Also a first major solo exhibition, Karen captures the colours and atmosphere as the sun breaks through cloud or an incoming tide rushes to the shore in touchingly ethereal paintings.
In his ongoing project The Wilderness – Place of Wild Beasts Sean Harris from Llangynog explores a much older connection to place. Developing over an extended period the project explores the idea of wilderness; through moving image and light, sculpture, text and zoo-archaeological material. Beginning within the confines of the gallery, it will bleed out into the landscape, culminating in an outdoor projection event in April. Taking the etymology of the word wild-deor-nes, or ‘place of wild beasts’ as initial emblem it will ultimately focus on the deor or deer, an animal with close historic connections to the old Madryn estate of Llŷn and whose story mirrors the shifting relationship between the natural world and our culture, past and present.
The ongoing artist film programme continues on the theme of ‘land’ with Of time and the railway by Tre Taliesin based Robert Davies. The film follows the journey on the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth, recorded from the drivers’ cab of the train on 86 different days
between October 2013 and February 2015. Edited into a single trip it takes us on a visual journey through changing human geography and a landscape sustained and twisted by the weather. As we witness the changing seasons a moment in the history of the landscape is captured. Already shown to critical acclaim at venues along the actual railway line and at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Meifod, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw will be screening this captivating and thought-provoking film in the John Andrews Space, located alongside the Wales Coastal Path that runs through the woodland beside the gallery.
A Winter Selection exhibition features work by leading artists from Wales and favourites from further afield including Keith Bowen, Aneurin Jones, Stephen Owen, Wendy Murphy and Di Metcalf. Work by a range of new makers will be available in the shop including bags by Loveli and jewellery by Leoma Drew and the Ap Tomos gallery will feature a selection of incredible stone carving by Meic Watts and contemporary lighting by Drws y Coed and Alex Macmaster alongside the usual great selection of ceramics for which Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is renowned. The Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan interest-free scheme is available on all purchases of contemporary art and craft.
After taking in all the art make sure you allow time to visit the newly refurbished café. Renowned chef Christopher Chown has managed and carried out much of the improvement work to the café over the first 3 weeks in January, ready for a new and busy season. Pop in for a bite to eat…… a delicious cake – including gluten-free choices – or a reviving drink. With sweeping views over Cardigan Bay towards the Moelwyn Mountains and Cardigan Bay it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Look out for talks and events linked to the exhibitions – The Big Picture Series continues with a talk on the life and work of Vincent Evans on February 7th and a Drop-In activity session with Sean Harris will be held on February 18th. Admission to the gallery is free and parking is also free until Easter.
Further details of all the exhibitions and events on the gallery website www.oriel.org.uk
November 2015 Update 2
Encounters with Osi book launch at Plas Glyn Y Weddw
The H’mm Foundation and Plas Glyn y Weddw warmly invite you the launch of ENCOUNTERS WITH OSI a publication of moving and beautifully presented contributions to remember Welsh artist and lecturer Osi Rhys Osmond (1943-2015).
In the company of Hilary Rhys Osmond, Iwan Bala, Ali Anwar, Twm Morys, Ann Oosthuizen and Gwyn Jones
Published by the The H’mm Foundation the book, co-edited by Iwan Bala and Hilary Rhys Osmond, contains reminiscences of fellow-artists, former students, family members and friends together with an enlightening interview by Osi himself and contains over 120 colour images.
A free event – a warm welcome to all
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT
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November 2015 Update
John Piper: The Mountains of Wales at Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw
Works on paper from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
This is an Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales exhibition, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Sharing Treasures scheme, funded by the Welsh Government.
The exhibition continues until 13 December 2015.
What is Snowdonia?
10.30am – 4.30pm
To coincide with the exhibition John Piper: The Mountains of Wales, from the collection of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw a day of presentations and discussion on Snowdonia.
Speakers include Keith Bowen, Ioan Doyle, John Mason, Marge Pendrell Jim Perrin, Viv Rickman Poole, Guto Roberts and Gwyn Thomas.
Places limited – book a place and light lunch for £5
John Piper Talk 15/11/15 2pm
Talk on John Piper’s work and the collection in the exhibition
by Oliver Fairclough, Honorary Research Fellow, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Please ring or email to confirm your attendance
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October 2015 Update
Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw Autumn Exhibitions
Gwyn Roberts – 26/9/15 – 22/11/15
Dramatic and personal account of his favourite landscapes
John Piper – The Mountains of Wales – Works on paper from National Museum Wales 10/10 – 13/12/15
Clare Woods – A Tree A Rock A Cloud – Touring exhibition 26/9 – 29/11/15
This Land – Keith Bowen, Alwyn Dempster Jones, Lisa Eurgain, Peter Kettle, James Naughton, Eleri Mills, Aled Prichard-Jones & Therese Urbanska.
Selection of artists with landscape integral to their practice. 26/9 – 22/11/15
Rachel Lowe A letter to an unknown person No.5 – Artist Film Programme 26/9 – 13/12/15
Please join us on the 11th of October 2015
3.00pm – Celebratory Opening of the Autumn Season of Exhibitions.
In the company of
Linda Tomos, Director, MALD Museums, Archives and Libraries Division Welsh Government
Louise Wright, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales.
September 2015 Update
Autumn Season of Exhibitions at Plas Glyn y Weddw
During the Autumn of 2015 we will be celebrating an important milestone at Plas Glyn y Weddw. For quite some time we have been working towards establishing the venue not only as a gallery but also as an accredited museum.
Now that goal has been met, we are about to host our first loan exhibition from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, thanks to funding support as part of the Sharing Treasures scheme funded by the Welsh Government, , and from the John Andrews Trust and the Friends of Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. A long list of people have contributed towards setting suitable environmental conditions in place that allows us to host loan exhibitions of national importance right here on your doorstep.
We kick off our partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales with an exhibition of works on paper by John Piper, acquired by the museum in 2014. This special exhibition titled John Piper: The Mountains of Wales sets the theme for all of our exhibitions and events for the autumn, and has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is delighted to welcome A Tree A Rock A Cloud, which is an Oriel Davies touring show of significant new works by Clare Woods, working in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Independent Curator Mandy Fowler. Two new works have been produced especially for the Plas, drawing on inspiration from the Piper collection.
We also welcome Gwyn Roberts back as a solo exhibitor with his own unique view of the mountains of Snowdonia. He’s joined by 8 chosen artists to give their interpretation of landscape.
A new chapter is therefore about to begin here at Glyn-y-Weddw. We have ambitious plans for the future which should establish the Plas as a home for Welsh art and a harbour for cultural activities. As a small charity we take great pride in our independence and the role we play within our community. This is an unique arts and heritage centre that belongs to you – I hope you can spare some time over coming weeks to enjoy a very special collection of exhibitions and events here in Llanbedrog.
Autumn Season of Exhibitions
26/09 – 22/11/2015
The Mountains of Wales
Works on paper from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
10/10 – 13/12/2015
A Tree A Rock A Cloud
26/09 – 29/11/2015
Keith Bowen, Alwyn Dempster Jones, Lisa Eurgain, Peter Kettle, James Naughton, Eleri Mills,
Aled Prichard Jones, Therese Urbanska
Detholiad o artistiad gyda’r tirlun yn graidd i’w hymarfer / Selection of artists with landscape integral to their practice
26/09 – 22/11/2015
A letter to an unknown person No.5
Artist Film Programme
26/09 – 13/12/2015
Autumn Season of Exhibitions
Please join us on the 11th of October 2015
Clare Woods in conversation with Nicholas Thornton, Head of Fine and Contemporary Art,
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Celebratory Opening of the Autumn Season of Exhibitions
In the company of
Linda Tomos, Director, MALD Is-Adran Amgeuddfeydd, Museums, Archives and Libraries Division Welsh Government
and Louise Wright Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales
Wine and soft drinks
26 / 09 – 22 / 11 / 15
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is pleased to host Gwyn Roberts’s latest collection of oil paintings. From the majestic mountains of north Wales to the wild waters of the coastline, this series consists of images from all over Wales with the addition of some from further afield in Scotland. Gwyn produces all his work using a palette knife; layering thick blocks of contrasting colour to build a chiaroscuro effect and create a dramatic yet personal account of each stone, wave and cloud.
“My grandfathers and their forefathers have scraped a living from the earth and rocks of Eryri, farming the bleak mountainsides and working in the quarries. Although I have recently looked for inspiration outside Wales, I am strongly drawn back to the grandeur of the north Wales landscape and I feel a deep longing when I return to walk the mountains of Eryri”
Coeden Craig Cwmwl / A Tree A Rock A Cloud
26/09 – 29/11/2015
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is delighted to welcome A Tree A Rock A Cloud, an Oriel Davies touring show of significant new works by acclaimed artist Clare Woods working in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Independent Curator Mandy Fowler. The exhibition evolved out of an engagement with traditions of historic painting – portraiture, still life and landscape from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and for Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Clare has produced two additional new works in response to the work of John Piper.
Clare Woods will be in conversation with Nicholas Thornton, Head of Fine and Contemporary Art, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales at 1.30pm, Sunday 11th October.
Y Tir Hwn / This Land
11/10 – 29/11/2015
Keith Bowen, Alwyn Dempster Jones, Lisa Eurgain, Peter Kettle, James Naughton, Eleri Mills, Aled Prichard Jones, Therese Urbanska
Alongside the John Piper: Mountains of Wales exhibition we are delighted to present works by a selection of artists who explore landscape in different ways in their practice. From oil paintings to fine pastel work the exhibition offers a wealth of views that celebrates the ability and vision of our artists and also pays homage to the majestic landscape we are so lucky to be surrounded with. The artist’s ability to skillfully convey is something very precious and here we get a look at some different styles of work and find out more about the places that inspired them.
Rhaglen Ffilmiau Artistiaid / Artist Film Programme
A letter to an unknown person No. 5, 1996
26/09 – 13/12/2015
From a backseat of a moving car a camera views the artist’s hand scribbling on the inside of the window with a black marker pen, trying to draw the landscape directly onto the transparent glass as she sees it in passing. Of course the moving scene and her lines can’t possibly match up and as Lowe acknowledges “It’s about our desire to capture a moment in time and the fact that you never actually can”.
The film is kindly loaned by the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and continues Plas Glyn-y-Weddw’s year-long programme of artist films on the theme of land. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
The Big Picture Talk
Talk by art historian Peter Lord – The Hereford Ox gan / by William Roos
24/10/15, 7:30pm – £15
Piantel (Annette Bryn Parri & Dylan Cernyw), Aled Wyn Davies (tenor) & Sian Gibson (mezzo soprano)
Craft and Produce Fair
29/10/15, 10 – 4pm
Drawing with Piper – family art activities
29/10 & 31/10/15
10.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 4.00
Be inspired by Piper’s landscapes of north Wales and work with an artist to create your own artwork.
What is Snowdonia…?
7/11/2015, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Join us for a day of talks and discussion chaired by Elinor Gwynn
John Piper Talk
Talk on John Piper’s work and the collection in the exhibition
by Oliver Fairclough, Honorary Research Fellow, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Event to launch Encounters With Osi, a moving and beautifully presented publication to remember Osi Rhys Osmond by the H’mm Foundation.
June 2015 update
In the Autumn of 2014 Luned Rhys Parri spent some research time in Patagonia thanks to funding support from Wales Arts International. Whilst there, Luned spent her time studying the ‘Argentinian Welsh’ and their day to day life. and producing a special exhibition giving an insight into the life and homes of the Patagonian Welsh today
This unique print series produced by Delyth Llwyd Evans de Jones in 1965 tells the first century story of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia.
A special box set of 19 prints (limited to 150) along with a catalogue containing Delyth’s own captions, is being published by Plas Glyn-y-Weddw for this special celebratory exhibition. Price £150
May 2015 update
Central to the exhibition, which is held between the 17th of May and the 12th of July, is retrospective work by the artist Delyth Llwyd Evans de Jones (1915-86), contemporary work by the artist Luned Rhys Parri who visited Patagonia recently and six other gallery artists.
Delyth Llwyd Evans de Jones was a direct descendant of some of the first Welsh settlers in Patagonia and is recognised as the most important painter from Welsh Patagonia. She chronicled her life and surroundings in her work, and this exhibition will feature a selection of her landscape and portrait paintings as well as sketchbooks and photographs.
A specially commissioned box-set of 19 limited edition prints by Delyth depicting the founding of the Welsh Colony are for sale during the exhibition, included are descriptions for each print which were written by Delyth.
Thanks to funding from Wales Arts International, Luned Rhys Parri visited Patagonia during the
autumn of 2014 to study the ‘Argentinian Welsh’ and their day to day life. Through Luned’s unique talents we are given an insight to the life and homes of the Patagonian Welsh of today.
Work produced at children’s workshops held by Luned at Ysgol yr Hendre in Trelew, and with Ysgol Pentreuchaf in Llŷn are also on dispay.
Six gallery artists were invited to participate by creating work on the theme ‘Patagonia 150’. As a result, inspiring and uplifting work was produced by Karl Davies, Elin Huws, Elfyn Lewis, John Morris, Sue Morgan and Stephen J Owen. The exhibition will also present new Welsh themed limited prints by Ruth Jên.
A historic portrait of Sir Thomas Love Duncombe Jones Parry (1832-1892) will be a focus of the exhibition Sir Love Jones Parry was the esquire of Madryn estate and owner of Plas Glyn y Weddw during the late 19th century. He also played an important part in establishing the Welsh Colony in Patagonia.
Significant conservation work was carried out on the painting in April 2015 thanks to financial support from the Friends of Plas Glyn y Weddw and the Association of Independent Museums in collaboration with The Pilgrim Trust.
Our film for the exhibition, which is the first in a series on the theme ‘land’, links with the Welsh colony. The Pan Plumas y Maté (Bread, Feathers and Maté) triptych by Carlos Pinatti in collaboration with Gerald Conn and Christine Mills, creates a multiple narrative about the Welsh settlers in Patagonia and Los Tehuelches, the indigenous people.
A Patagonia celebration day will be held at the Plas on the 6th of June, more details can be found on the website.
The exhibition is opened by Mari Emlyn, Artistic Director at Galeri, Caernarfon at 2pm on May 17th.
Plas Glyn y Weddw re-opens for 2015 on the 24th of January with a celebratory exhibition which proves Welsh entrepreneurs from the 19th and early 20th Centuries built a great number of buildings in Liverpool.
The Plas is proud to present a large-scale exhibition devoted to exploring themes around Liverpool and central to this will be work by the renowned Liverpool artist Frank Green. For over forty years Frank has been documenting his beloved city……. streets, hospitals, churches, chapels, pubs, football grounds and parks feature, as he meticulously recorded a city that was undergoing large-scale changes and development.
The exhibition will feature an overview of Frank’s work and additionally a publication by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch will draw attention to the countless Welsh builders that moved to Liverpool from north Wales in the 1800’s to play a vital part in large-scale construction programmes and thus becoming ingrained in the very fabric of city life. Many of Frank Green’s street paintings identify and celebrate these Welsh connections.
A ‘scouser’ through and through, Frank nonetheless is also an adopted north Walian. He taught himself to speak Welsh whilst in his twenties and is now a fluent speaker of the language, bringing up his family with his wife Meryl through the medium of Welsh. Over the last half century Frank has split his time between his home in Gwynedd and his former gallery in Albert Dock and his current shop on Oakfield Road.
Alongside Frank Green’s celebration, in an exhibition titled Connection, will be a selection of works by artists based in north Wales that have some sort of personal connection with Liverpool. The film shown in our ongoing artist film programme also has a Liverpool connection – the auctioneer’s bell heard at the onset of ‘Song of the Auction Caller’ by Stefan Gant, originally came from a Liverpudlian ship.
For details of the celebration day on24th January 2015
The Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Christmas exhibition has a special first solo presentation from a local young artist.
The Christmas exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in Llanbedrog opens on 16th November
As is now customary the Christmas Exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw will feature new works from a selection of artists affiliated to Wales’ oldest art gallery.
In addition, the 2014 Christmas Show will feature a special first solo presentation of art works from Cian Owen from Tudweiliog. Cian graduated in Fine Art from Cardiff Met in 2014, an accomplishment made even greater by the challenges of autism.
Cian’s talents as an artist shine through and his first exhibition is a much anticipated event within his community on the Llŷn Peninsula. Since a very early age Cian has been engrossed in art and not a single day passes without him creating a painting. As a result his works are outstanding in talent and unique in content.
Cian’s first exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw will feature some of his graduating work, some recent paintings in the style of his graduation portfolio and creations made in his favoured ‘stick-men’ style which has been an integral part of Cian’s art work from the beginning.
The exhibition opens at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw at 2pm on Sunday the 16th November. For further information or to contact any of the exhibiting artists please contact Plas Glyn-y-Weddw on 01758 740763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All exhibiting works will be displayed on www.oriel.org.uk from Saturday 15th November.